OK

These are the most recent diaries filed under this tag:
Hello, writers. Last week we talked about making time pass in a narrative. Now I’d like to talk about a related area, pacing. Pacing a story well means spending as little time as possible over ...
by SensibleShoes
Comment Count 108 comments on Thu May 21, 2015 at 05:00 PM PDT with 17 Recommends
Hello, writers. One of the little tricks a writer has to learn is how to make time pass. In a story, that is. An author at a retreat I attended last year made a throwaway comment in conversation: “
by SensibleShoes
Comment Count 42 comments on Thu May 14, 2015 at 05:00 PM PDT with 19 Recommends
Hello, writers. This afternoon I had the bright idea of glovelessly pulling up last year’s asparagus stalks, so I speak to you tonight with bandaged fingers. Which makes me want to be kind of brief.
by SensibleShoes
Comment Count 32 comments on Thu May 07, 2015 at 05:00 PM PDT with 15 Recommends
Hello, writers. Write On! has returned now to the 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific timeslot that we had previously. I hope that will be more convenient for the West Coast folks. I mentioned last week ...
by SensibleShoes
Comment Count 108 comments on Thu Apr 30, 2015 at 05:00 PM PDT with 20 Recommends
Hello, writers. Write On! is returning now to the 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific timeslot that we had previously. I hope this will be more convenient for the West Coast folks. Lately, for various ...
by SensibleShoes
Comment Count 49 comments on Thu Apr 23, 2015 at 04:59 PM PDT with 18 Recommends
Hello, writers. Sorry I got knocked offline last week. I went back later and perused people’s answers to the questions I asked and it appears that by general consensus: 1. People would rather ...
by SensibleShoes
Comment Count 82 comments on Thu Apr 16, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT with 21 Recommends
Hello, writers. Thank you very much to everyone who wrote stirring and informative Write On! diaries during this past fall and winter, while I was living in a house without internet access. I have a ...
by SensibleShoes
Comment Count 66 comments on Thu Apr 09, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT with 15 Recommends
Science fiction writer Jules Verne did not believe in impossible things. In each of his novels, he explained in loving detail how the marquee invention would work. Whether it was launching people ...
by James Wells
Comment Count 52 comments on Thu May 28, 2015 at 05:01 PM PDT with 15 Recommends
Hello Writers! It's been a lovely day here, busy and bright, and I'm taking a break from a project that I thought would take me a couple of hours. Alas, it's approaching three and I haven't ...
by not a lamb
Comment Count 49 comments on Thu Apr 02, 2015 at 03:59 PM PDT with 18 Recommends
Hello, writers. Last week we lost one of the greatest writers of our time, Terry Pratchett. What can you say about a 66-year-old writer who died? That he was beautiful and brilliant? That he loved...
by SensibleShoes
Comment Count 64 comments on Thu Mar 19, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT with 47 Recommends
Our hero needs to save the entire city from fiery destruction, and the only way to accomplish that is to push a trusting friend onto the tracks in front of the oncoming bomb trolley. Good call? ...
by James Wells
Comment Count 68 comments on Thu Mar 26, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT with 20 Recommends
Top of the evenin' to you, Writers On! I haven't been hanging out as much as usual lately at our Thursday soirees, but I have an excuse. Or a reason; I can't remember which is the good one. Mr. ...
by Emmet
Comment Count 87 comments on Thu Feb 26, 2015 at 04:00 PM PST with 16 Recommends
Case #1: The idiom as she is spoke is constantly being taken liberties with and responds by making loose change. Then some writer does it and when critics/scholars like it but readers don't, they ...
by mettle fatigue
Comment Count 66 comments on Thu Mar 12, 2015 at 04:00 PM PDT with 18 Recommends
When the opportunity came about to contribute an entry to Write-On I jumped. And of course, I’m going to talk about my favorite thing in the whole wide world: worldbuilding.
by terrypinder
Comment Count 94 comments on Thu Feb 19, 2015 at 04:00 PM PST with 24 Recommends
Well, hello everyone! It's Thursday night and whether your weather is breezy, balmy, bitter or merely bracing, it's time to get cozy and think/talk/type about writing. Three weeks into the semester,
by not a lamb
Comment Count 136 comments on Thu Feb 05, 2015 at 04:03 PM PST with 19 Recommends
Hi - I'm filling in this week, so if someone can republish this to Readers and Book Lovers for me, it'd be much appreciated. The last time I was up , the discussion was about developing ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 52 comments on Thu Mar 05, 2015 at 02:56 PM PST with 15 Recommends
Greetings, fellow scribblers. Sensible Shoes was last seen cutting words out of a dictionary with a chainsaw, complaining that it was too wordy. So, I'm here for the duration. I've mentioned ...
by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker
Comment Count 69 comments on Thu Feb 12, 2015 at 04:00 PM PST with 20 Recommends
Greetings! Last week Tara the Antisocial Worker talked about the value of having a group of writers to offer criticism and advice . It can not only be helpful in itself, it can make you better ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 39 comments on Thu Jan 29, 2015 at 04:28 PM PST with 21 Recommends
Hello, writers. I’ve talked in the past about cutting words, and how useful a tool it can be for writers. The older I get, the more useful I find it. I used to cut just once, on my penultimate ...
by SensibleShoes
Comment Count 81 comments on Thu Jan 15, 2015 at 04:00 PM PST with 21 Recommends
Last week, Sensible Shoes discussed hanging guns on the wall . I'd like to talk tonight about characters and the traits that get them into trouble. Character flaws drive plots, engaging the reader'...
by not a lamb
Comment Count 62 comments on Thu Jan 08, 2015 at 04:00 PM PST with 18 Recommends